Tri Council Scholarships (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR)

Students may only apply to one of the Tri Councils (NSERC, SSHRC or CIHR) in a given academic year. Most applications are completed and submitted online. Some departments or academic units may conduct their own internal review and selection process. It is imperative that you contact your department well before the online application is due to inquire about possible departmental deadlines and requirements.

Recipients of Tri-Council scholarships are also eligible for the Dean’s Excellence Award valued at $5,000 per year for the duration of the scholarship.

Students applying to SSHRC or NSERC only need to complete one application for a doctoral award. Top applicants for the doctoral awards are offered CGS-D award.

The Vanier CGS Award and the Banting Postdoctoral Scholarship are also administered by the Tri Council Agencies. Information on these awards can be found under Other External Awards.

2017-2018 Funding Information Sessions and Workshops.


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

NSERC is a federal research funding agency that aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence.

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

SSHRC is a federal research funding agency that promotes and supports post-secondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. SSHRC-supported research enhances our understanding of modern social, cultural, technological, environmental, economic and wellness issues. It raises profound questions about who we are as human beings, what we need in order to thrive in complex and challenging times, and where we are headed in the new millennium. By focusing on developing talent, generating insights and forging connections across campuses and communities, SSHRC strategically supports world-leading initiatives that reflect a commitment to ensuring a better future for Canada and the world.

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Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

CIHR is the federal government's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada. CIHR was created to transform health research in Canada by funding more research on targeted priority areas; building research capacity in under-developed areas such as population health and health services research; training the next generation of health researchers; and focusing on knowledge translation, so that the results of research are transformed into policies, practices, procedures, products and services.

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